Thomas Haden Church, who was most recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Sideways, will portray Flint Marko in the next chapter of the Spider-Man® adventure. Spider-Man® 3, which is scheduled for release on May 4, 2007, will reunite the successful team that was responsible for the first two blockbuster films. The franchise has grossed more than $1.5 billion in worldwide ticket sales and the new film will again re-team actors Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Kirsten Dunst as M.J with director Raimi and producers Ziskin and Avi Arad.
"In addition to the on-going relationship between Peter Parker and M.J., these films are driven by the great actors who have brought our villains to life," said Raimi.
Since his star-making role in Sideways, Church has been in demand. The actor is voicing one of the characters in the upcoming animated film Charlotte's Web, and he recently appeared in Columbia Pictures' Spanglish. Church previously appeared in such other films as George of the Jungle, 330 Miles to Graceland, and Tombstone. In 2003, he also starred in, co-wrote and directed the comedy Rolling Kansas. From 1990 to 1995, Church played Lowell Mather in the TV series "Wings."